Kevin Garcia is a New York City based recording artist. As a drummer and percussionist, Kevin specializes in drum set of all styles, hand percussion of many different cultures from around the world, hybrid drum set/hand percussion set-ups, classical percussion, keyboard percussion, electronic instruments utilizing trigger pads and effects modules, and sound creation/manipulation software. Kevin grew up playing music in Detroit, Michigan and has lived in Brooklyn, New York working as a professional musician since 2001. Kevin is highly sought after for recording and touring internationally, and he is frequently featured on television and radio, and reviewed in newspapers, magazines, and journals. Kevin also teaches workshops and masterclasses at international conventions, festivals, and universities on various performance related topics. Kevin is a member of the American Federation of Musicians at New York City's Local 802 where he works on Broadway as a performer and In-House Contractor. Noted teachers Kevin has studied with include: Billy Hart, Judy Moonert, Boris Amontete Tchango, and Ustad Mulazim Hussain. Kevin holds degrees from Western Michigan University in Percussion Performance and Philosophy. He also attended the Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, and Cameroonian Percussion Performance, and The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation. Career highlights include 1998 PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner, 2000 US Ambassador Musician to Poland, 2003 Columbia University-Barnard College Composition Artist in Residence, 2010 US Ambassador Musician to France, performing on Broadway, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that same year, 2013 NYC Shakespeare In The Park, 2014 Performing at The Apollo and Lincoln Center with Rebecca Naomi Jones, and performing at Festival International as a featured performer where Kevin and The Duhks were made Honorary Cajuns by the City of Lafayette, Louisiana,
Kevin works with The Duhks, Duncan Sheik, Wheatus, Gato Loco, Bright Light Bright Light, My Midnight Heart, Gabriel Kahane and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Sky White Tiger, Skylar Grey, Kerrigan/Lowdermilk, David Poe, Del Marquis' Slow Knights, MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Sophie Hanlon, The As-Is Ensemble, The Stacks, Clinton Curtis, Pape Armand and Badou Boye, Egypt 2000, The Swedes, Karla Moheno, Marcus Paul James, Gaby Alter, Nimesh Gandhi, Micah Green, Bartosz Hadala, Pretendo, The Red Hook Ramblers, Music For Oenophiles, Aikostar, The Plastic Fantastics, This Ambitious Orchestra, The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra, among many other artists, bands, and performing ensembles.
Kevin's Credits include: Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Drummer, Ensemble Cast Member, Orchestrator, Arranger, In-House Contractor), Off Broadway musical Murder Ballad (Drummer, Orchestrator, Arranger, In-House Contractor), Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Orchestrator, Arranger), Off Broadway Musical Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Orchestrator, Arranger), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS' Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Drummer), Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's Live Album Tour (Drummer, Percussionist), and NYCLU's Broadway Stands Up For Freedom 2013-14 (Drummer).
Kevin composes music and accompanies dance for The Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, Steps On Broadway, Peridance, Limon, Columbia University-Barnard College, Juilliard, NYU, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, Marymount, Hunter College, Long Island University, Mark Morris, The Joffrey Ballet, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, David Dorfman Dance, The Sean Curran Dance Company, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Mary Cochran, Saeko Ichinohe, Jeff and Yukie Moen, Anita Cheng, Gil Stroming's Break The Floor, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Mike Minery, Nick Lazzarini, The Jump Convention, ArtsConnection, Harkness Dance, and American College Dance Festival Association.
Slingerland Niles Badge
Gretsch Maple Custom
Yamaha Recording Custom
Choice Snare Drums ranging from 1910 to present.
Hybrid Drum-Hand Percussion Drum sets
DW, Gibraltar, and Yamaha Hardware.
Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
Pearl Free Floating Scottish Snare Drum
Gongs and Effect Cymbals
DeGregorio and Notario Cajons
LP Congas, Bongos, and Timbales
Wula Djembes and Dunun
Remo Soloist Doumbeks and 12" Djembes
Cooperman Riqs and Framedrums
Tabla by Anwar
Cowbells, Woodblocks, Kola-Cabalonga-Juju